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Flooding blamed for five deaths in Maryland, Virginia

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(WJLA, AP) - The raging flood waters are being blamed for at least five deaths in Maryland and Virginia.

In Fairfax County, police say two people died in drowning incidents in the county.

Jake Donaldson, 12, is believed to have been swept away by flood waters in his backyard in the 9700 block of Marcliff Court on Thursday. Crews later located his body in Piney Branch Creek at Lawyers Road.

A 67-year-old man also drowned in another incident. Police say Arsalan Hakiri had been driving his vehicle in rising water near Beech Mill Road at Club View Drive when his car was swept downstream. He apparently tried to get out, and was swept into the creek and drowned near Carrwood Drive.

Detectives are continuing to investigate both incidents.

The Associated Press reports two other people, including a child, died when they were swept away in rain-swollen waters Thursday night in the Virginia suburbs.

Anne Arundel County police were also treating a death there as drowning, pending autopsy results, after a man was pulled from flood waters near his home.

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